ICC World Cup Qualifiers February 16, 2010

Simmons slams tournament organisers

Ireland coach Phil Simmons has slammed the organisers of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier after his side were forced to play the final against Afghanistan – which they lost - less than an hour after beating Netherlands.

Ireland coach Phil Simmons has slammed the organisers of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier after his side were forced to play the final against Afghanistan – which they lost - less than an hour after beating Netherlands.

“Six matches in five days was ridiculous,” Simmons said. “At the end of the day we’ve qualified but it’s not healthy and it wouldn’t be done for any other tournament, so I didn’t think it was right.”

“At the end of the day we came out with the win we needed today and I’m sure the Afghans were happy with their win and we both go to the World Cup.”

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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